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Student Housing 1



– Student Housing 1
– Photographed by Brad Koop
Mediums: Photoboard, Metal, and Archival Paper



Student Housing 1

Mediums: Photoboard, Metal, and Archival Paper


One building that has consistently drawn my attention in downtown Vancouver is the old student housing structure. It is on the corner of Dunsmuir and Richards. The building was originally opened in 1908 as the Dunsmuir Hotel. However, over the years it has served as an army barracks, Salvation Army center. Not to mention a student housing complex for international students coming to Vancouver to learn English. Other than showing signs of age, the structure itself has remained largely unchanged for over a century.

Surveying these windows peering out at the ever-changing skyline that has slowly engulfed their view. It is easy to imagine a myriad of stories told by the lives lived in these rooms. Travelers, businesspeople, soldiers, homeless, and students have all resided here. Consequently, for many of them this building would have been etched in a recess of their memories in some way. Now the windows stare blankly beneath the building’s weathered cornice it once wore as a crown.

I had some difficulty with a shot like this,  The contrast, the strong lines and dark colors of the structure with the soft, moody sky above were a challenge. Firstly, this meant angling the camera up and including enough of the façade to show the windows on each side. Secondly, ensuring that there was enough room beyond the windows to allow for the eventual cropping in post production as the vertical lines were corrected.


The Fraser Valley has been my home for more than thirty years. The beauty of this region certainly captured me right from my youth, and exploring the outdoors was the common thread in all my interests. The lakes, rivers, and mountains that define the geography of this area continue to draw me into the backcountry and inspire my photographic pursuits. Even the urban centers of the southern coast of British Columbia are kissed by their intersection with their natural surroundings.

Ironically, photography became an integral part of my life when I left this province to work overseas. The zeal to capture the experience of living in a vibrant foreign city led me to delve into the relatively new realm of digital photography. The ability to capture what I was seeing in a way that expressed how it was making me feel became my artistic passion.

Over the last ten years I have worked to hone my craft both with the camera and the computer. In the field, this is all about finding locations that move me; locations that tell a story. In the post processing, it is all about highlighting the mood and lighting to evoke a response from the viewer. It is my hope that through my work people will be able to share in the sense of wonder I feel in the world around us.

Although all of images are color compatible for viewing online, most computer monitors vary in their color configurations. The images that you see may not have accurate color representation.

Additional information

Dimensions 8 × 10 in

Photoboard, Di-Bond Aluminum, Fuji Crystal DPII Paper (Matte)


12×18, 16×24, 20×30, 24×36, 28×42, 32×48


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